In the end, only one man was brought to trial, and subsequently executed for the horrendous deed. John D. Lee became the unwitting fall guy for Brigham and his henchmen. Because of the power Brigham Young wielded in the territory, he came out unscathed from the ordeal, albeit, the Feds knew better while looking the other way.
At the time of America’s first 9/11, Utah was under great duress. Between polygamy, and Young’s unwillingness to obey the law, everyone from the US President on down, were fed up with the shenanigans. They sent a barrage of armies, and other law enforcement agencies in to corral the behavior.
The more people they sent in, the nastier Brigham vocabulary became. Mr. Young felt he was running an autocratic society who didn’t need, nor want, intervention from outside forces. It all came to a head with Mountain Meadows.
While Brigham claimed his innocence throughout the ordeal, several comments he made in speeches show the total depravity of his behavior, and obvious complicity. We’re listing one of those today, followed by a quote from one of his bodyguards, Bill Hickman, who pointed the finger directly at Brigham.
Two days after the massacre, Brigham is quoted in his Sunday morning sermon –
Journal of Discourses 5:236; “I want the people in the west and in the east to understand that it will not be safe for them to cross the Plains…” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, Sunday, September 13, 1857
If Brigham wasn’t guilty, why would he say such a thing, and why would Hickman make a damning statement like he did?
“He [Brigham Young] professed great ignorance; but I knew no such raids dared be made without his orders.”– Bill Hickman; Mormon Danite; 1870
One thing is for certain.
These people had as much respect for God, as they did the dirt beneath their feet.
Pray for those who are still enamored by this man, and for their eyes to be opened to truth.
Proverbs 29:1; “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”
With Love in Christ;